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Taiwanese fishing vessel detained in Indonesia released: MOFA

2018/04/17 11:35:09

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Taipei, April 17 (CNA) A Taiwanese fishing vessel detained by Indonesian authorities Sunday because of questions over its documents was released on Monday night, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

The Da Wei No. 13 (大鮪13), based in Donggang, Pingtung County, was detained and investigated by Indonesian authorities while traveling through the Strait of Malacca in the Southeast Asian country's territorial waters on Sunday.

MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) said the ship was released around 9 p.m. Monday after it cleared inspections.

A source familiar with the case previously told CNA that Indonesian customs officials were investigating the fishing boat because of questions over possible problems with its documents and whether it was carrying any illegal items.

Lee said that as soon as the ministry learned of the case, it informed the country's representative office in Indonesia to look into the matter and to make sure the ship's crew members were safe and properly treated.

Lee also called on Indonesia authorities not to inspect and detain Taiwanese fishing vessels without proper cause to avoid causing unnecessary disturbances.

(By Joseph Yeh)